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The Carolina Cranesbill is smaller and less showy than the native woodland species, Geranium maculatum (Wild Geranium). It is similar in appearance to several other annual Geranium spp. from Europe, all of them rather weedy plants. One distinctive characteristic of the Carolina Cranesbill is the shortness of the pedicels (flowering stalks), which are less than half as long as the sepals of the flowers. Thus, the flowers of this plant occur in rather tight clusters. The leaves are also more likely to have secondary lobes, and they are quite large in relation to the overall size of this plant. A similar native species, Geranium bicknellii (Northern Cranesbill), has a more northern distribution. This plant has deep pink flowers, and the beak-shaped fruit has a longer awn at its apex than the corresponding fruit of the Carolina Cranesbill. Return


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